There was a long slow drive east into the low winter morning sun, glimpses of frost along the dam road and valleys there and back socked in by fog, views of overhead air laden with smoke and pollutants trapped by high pressure and chilled by temperatures barely in the low fifties.

A cropped shot of desiccated but still green leaves hanging off branches in a tree in a drugstore parking lot Sunday, December 18, 2022 in San Pablo, California

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